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The history of the name Godfrey begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Godfrey. Baptismal names were a form of patronymic surnames, and came from either the religious or vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the patronym was adopted from the personal name of the bearers father.

Godfrey Early Origins



The surname Godfrey was first found in Kent. One of the first records of the name was Henricus filius Godefrid who was listed in the Pipe Rolls taken during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
It is generally believed that he was related to William Godefridus of Normandy listed in a census there taken 1180-1198. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
However, the Godfrey variant had many early references including Godfrey the Bearded (c.?997-1069); and his son, Godfrey IV, Duke of Lower Lorraine (died 1706), known as the Hunchback who was assassinated in Vlaardingen; Godfrey of Bouillon ( c. 1060-1100), a medieval Frankish knight, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, Godfrey of Cambrai, the prior of Winchester Abbey from 1082 until his death in 1107; and Godfrey (died 1088), medieval Bishop of Chichester. " In the churchyard [of Woodford, Essex] is a splendid Corinthian column of marble, about forty feet in height, erected to the memory of the Godfrey family, which flourished many years in Kent; also a tomb with a column entirely covered with ivy, of picturesque appearance; and a remarkably fine old yew-tree." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Godfrey Spelling Variations


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Godfrey Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Godfrey has been recorded under many different variations, including Godfrey, Godfry, Godfrie, Godfree, Godfery, Godkin and many more.

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Godfrey Early History


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Godfrey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godfrey research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1273, 1622, 1678, 1642, 1631, 1648, 1714, 1641, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Godfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godfrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godfrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1622-1678), English politician, London woodmonger and Justice of the Peace, his unsolved murder was one of the most celebrated historical mysteries; Richard Godfrey...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godfrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godfrey In Ireland


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Godfrey In Ireland



Some of the Godfrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Godfrey or a variant listed above:

Godfrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Godfrey who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Peter Godfrey, who arrived in New England in 1631
  • Jo Godfrey, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Godfrey who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Elias Godfrey, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Godfrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Vincent Godfrey, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Godfrey, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Fra Godfrey, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • William Godfrey, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Sarah Godfrey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Godfrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Godfrey, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806
  • Thomas Godfrey, who landed in New York, NX in 1815
  • Margaret Godfrey, aged 65, landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Kemp Godfrey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Edward Godfrey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Godfrey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Ely Godfrey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 463 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Hannah Godfrey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 539 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss Mary Godfrey U.E. (b. 1782), aged 1 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 40 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss Mary Godfrey U.E. (b. 1764), aged 19 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 601 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Godfrey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Godfrey, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Newcomb Godfrey, who landed in Canada in 1834

Godfrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Godfrey, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Godfrey, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Elizabeth Godfrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • John Godfrey, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • W. Godfrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Godfrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Lee Godfrey landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Henry Godfrey landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • Henry Godfrey, aged 17, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Henry Godfrey, aged 47, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Antionette Godfrey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Godfrey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Godfrey (post 1700)



  • Thomas Jefferson Godfrey (1831-1906), American politician, President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate 1868 to 1870
  • DeWitt Godfrey (b. 1960), American sculptor
  • C. M. Godfrey, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1848
  • Ben Godfrey, American politician, Mayor of Indio, California, 2001-02
  • Albert G. Godfrey, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District, 1905
  • A. E. Godfrey, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1923-28
  • Mrs. A. Godfrey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1952
  • Calvin P. Godfrey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio Treasurer of State, 1926
  • Carl S. Godfrey, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1932
  • Carlton Godfrey, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Atlantic County, 1912, 1914-16
  • ... (Another 51 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Godfrey Historic Events


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Godfrey Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Philip Godfrey, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George A Godfrey, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus et libertas
Motto Translation: God and liberty.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Godfrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godfrey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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